It’s finally time for the Top 14 of 2014! I’m excited to look back over my year in books and share my favorites with you. 🙂 First up on the schedule is my top 14 new-to-me authors.
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I’m almost embarrassed to admit that, before June of this year, I’d never read a Tessa Bailey book. How did that happen!? I’m not sure how I survived before meeting Tessa’s AMAZING hot, sexy and dirty men. With ELEVEN BOOKS, Tessa’s my most-read author of the year. She’s also one I talk about the most with friends. (Also, I’m two books away from having read ALL her books – including the ones releasing in early 2015 – this year. I’m gonna find a way to make it happen.)
Karina Halle is another author whose work I can’t believe I didn’t read before this year. I met her at an author event last December and she was so nice. I knew I needed to read one of her books. Horror isn’t really my thing, so I read the The Artists Trilogy (which was also a bit outside my comfort zone at first) and OMG I fell in love. Love, in English is what put her on my auto-buy author list though. I haven’t looked back since.
So apparently I have a thing for authors with the name Tessa… I discovered this Tessa in January when curiosity got the best of me and I finally picked up Ignite after seeing so many positive reviews. I fell in love with Jace and each of her new men has outdone the last. I love these guys. And, the leading ladies are every bit as incredible. I look forward to reading every single one of her new books in 2015 and beyond!
When I had the opportunity to read and review Blurred and Frayed, I knew I had to read the entire series. I’m glad I did. I might not have loved every book, but I definitely enjoyed them and look forward to more in the series!
I know. I know. I fail hard. Does it help that I read the entire On Dublin Street series this year? (Except the novellas.) I’m not sure why I waited so long, but I can’t apologize for being able to binge read these books. 🙂
Sarina Bowen quickly moved to the top of my favorite new adult authors list this year. Each book is better than the last and I’ve loved them all in their own way. Another milestone relating to Sarina: The Understatement of the Year was my first M/M book. It wasn’t, however, my last. I love this series so freaking hard!
Alice Clayton is another author I can’t believe I waited until this year to discover. I mean, I don’t live under a rock, so I’d heard of her books, but I hadn’t read any. I still need to read her Redhead series, but I’m totally in love with all things Cocktail.
Put simply, I fell in love with Ann Aguirre’s books this year. When one of my favorite publicists recommended I Want It That Way to me, I knew I had to read it. I loved it so freaking hard. It’s my favorite book in the series, but the other two 2B Trilogy books have a special place in my heart, and on my bookshelves, too.
Samanthe Beck is probably my third favorite Brazen author. I discovered her as part of the same Brazen series that was my gateway drug into Tessa Bailey’s books. (Wedding Dare series. Get on that. Seriously.) I’ve only read two of her other books to this point, but I think I own all of them. Just gotta find the time!
So this one might be a bit of a stretch. I *tried* to read Beautiful Bastard last year, but it didn’t work for me so I stopped reading it. It wasn’t until a friend started raving about their new Wild Seasons book (and Ansel, specifically) that I decided to give their books another shot. And you know what happened? I fell head over heels in love. Ansel was incredible. Finn was hot and dirty and amazing. I can’t wait for Oliver’s story. I LOVE THIS SERIES. I am going to go back and give the Beautiful Bastard series another shot. It could’ve just been my mood at the time. 🙂
Lia Riley’s Off the Map series grabbed my attention from the start! It was sweet and sexy and full of angsty feels. I really look forward to more from her in 2015!
Before this holiday is over, I’ll have read all of Megan’s Bowler University series. I just love her books and her characters so much. (She’s pretty awesome, too!) She’s got a HUGE year ahead in 2015 and I can’t wait to devour every. single. book. she releases.
I’ve passed up books from this author because I feared they would be too much like my mom’s favorite romance books. Was I ever wrong. They’re still sexy and full of feels… just the way I like my contemporary romance. I look forward to reading even more of Macy’s books in the coming year!
I’ve only read two of Julie’s books this year, but I’m determined to start in on her backlist in 2015. I love-love-loved both Third Degree and Whatever Life Throws at You. I can’t wait for more of her writing and characters.
I can’t wait to visit your posts! Check back tomorrow for our second day, favorite bookish moments or quotes! It’ll be a fun week. I hope you join us!